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Four Reasons Why You Should Only Buy Authentic Designer Handbags

Counterfeit handbagsPhoto courtesy of The Korea Times

Here at PORTERO we are committed to bringing you nothing but 100% authentic designer handbags and accessories- that’s our promise, and we don’t take it lightly. Although we ship worldwide, PORTERO’s headquarters are in the U.S., where selling counterfeit merchandise is illegal, as it violates both trademark and copyright laws. Although buying knockoffs is not technically a crime, we still want to discourage everyone from doing so.

Here are four reasons why you should not buy counterfeit handbags:

1. Counterfeit handbags have most likely been made in sweat shops with little to no regulation. We don’t know who works there, how many hours, or how much they get paid. It takes a seasoned Hermès craftsman about 18 hours to make a single bag, but it could take a young child six hours to make your fake bag.

2. Counterfeit good dealers sell their products tax free. This could give way to corruption and lack of government regulation.

3. Although purchasing a counterfeit item is not illegal per se, selling a fake item is. Don’t get caught up in this game.

4. According to the department of Homeland Security, profits made from the counterfeit market are linked to organized crime, like terrorist organizations and drug cartels.

That’s why we want to encourage you to always buy your designer goods from reputable sites, like As always, one of our customer service professional will be more than happy to answer any and all of your questions. You can get in touch with them by calling 1.877.962.2398, emailing, or via Live Chat.

Questions about authenticity? Here’s everything you need to know to spot a fake designer handbag.

Take Me Out Tonight- Designer evening bags

Going Out Clutches

Whether you’re headed to a black-tie gala, a girl’s night out, or just a casual dinner with some friends, here at PORTERO we have designer evening bags to fit all your needs. Please note: all bag dimensions in the photos have been exaggerated. Always refer to the DETAILS section when purchasing an item to see measurements.

1. Anya Hindmarch Gold Pleated Valorie Clutch $290. Don’t let the gold tone fool you, this clutch can be used both for formal and more casual occasions, depending on your outfit. Gold pairs beautifully with red, black, and jewel tones, like emerald and sapphire blue. Play around with gold and find what works best for you.

2. Hermès Capucine Jige Elan Clutch $5,000. This beautiful Hermès clutch in Capucine Swift leather can be worn to compliment your look, or simply add a touch of color. We love pairing a black and white look with a red handbag!

3. Judith Leiber Purple Clutch $560. A perfect addition to your evening gown, this eye-catching Judith Leiber clutch with crystal is perfect for any formal occasion.

4. Fuchsia Chanel WOC $2,699. A Chanel Wallet on Chain is the perfect companion for a night out. It fits only the essentials, for those girls who don’t need more than their phone, some cash, and a lipstick. The beauty of the WOC is that it can also be worn during the day, especially in this bright fuchsia.

The Rise of the Mini Handbags

Mini Designer Handbags


These days, you can’t scroll through Instagram without seeing at least one mini bag. If you think of all the times you’ve spent digging through your bag to find your keys or wallet, you’ll see that besides their photo-appeal, they’re also very practical.

Here are our five favorite mini bags found on And don’t forget to check out our dedicated mini designer handbags page.

Black Saint Laurent Paris Mini Sac de Jour available on PORTERO.comSaint Laurent Paris Mini Sac de Jour $1,500


At a width of 8.6 inches, this is the largest of the mini bags featured here. Still, how can you not resist its appeal? It’s classic, minimal, and very stylish- three things Yves Saint Laurent was known for. You can wear it either as a tote bag, or with the detachable straps as a crossbody or shoulder bag. We love how Nicoletta of Scent of Obsession styled her mini Saint Laurent Sac de Jour.

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Authentic Takashi Murakami for Louis Vuitton handbags

Takashi Murakami for Louis Vuitton bags available on

Today would have been Louis Vuitton’s birthday. In his honor, we’re taking a look at the recently retired (as of July 31st) Louis Vuitton + Takashi Murakami collaboration. Although you may not be familiar with the Murakami name, you are surely familiar with his colorful work through the Louis Vuiton Multicolore monogram.

In 2002 when, Louis Vuitton Creative Director, Marc Jacobs, decided that the iconic French luxury brand needed a new twist; something fresh to celebrate the still-young new millennium. And so, he teamed up with Japanese artist, Takashi Murakami, to reinvent the classic monogram print.

The Multicolore Monogram was first unveiled in the Spring/Summer 2003 Louis Vuitton runway, and it was an instant success, since it has been carried by celebrities and fashionistas everywhere. The Multicolore offered a fun kwaii twist to the traditional monogram, showcasing Murakami’s Tokyo style.

Bags and accessories in the Multicolore collection will soon become collectors’ items, so be sure to get your hands on Multicolor accessories before prices start going up! Visit our dedicated Takashi Murakami for Louis Vuitton page to see all of our items.

1. Louis Vuitton Multicolor Clutch $1,050. This studded canvas clutch would look great with a pair of jeans, to give your casual outfit a little flair.

2. Louis Vuitton Pochette with Murakami Panda $599. Murakami’s Panda Geant first appeared in 2003, and even became the protagonist of the short Louis Vuitton anime film Superflat Monogram.

3. Louis Vuitton Gracie White Multicolor Monogram Bag $1,150. If you prefer white Multicolor canvas, then this Louis Vuitton Gracie bag is for you. A great addition to any summer wardrobe, you can combine this bag with virtually any of the 33 colors that exist in the Murakami + Louis Vuitton universe.

4. Louis Vuitton Keepall 45 Black Multicolor Monogram $2,399. This Multicolor weekender bag will make any trip less stressful, and a lot more chic!

Chanel handbags for sale at PORTERO

How to Care for Your Chanel Bag; by Elizabeth Bernstein

Elizabeth Berstein, Senior Director of Handbags and Accessories at PORTERO

As you know, here at PORTERO we sell authentic, pre-loved and pristine designer handbags, including Hermès, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Céline, and more. It’s important to keep your designer bag in the best condition possible, because with the proper care, they can be passed on from generation to generation. Should you ever wish to sell or consign your bag, you will get the best price if you’ve kept your Chanel bag in the best condition possible throughout the years.

Our Senior Director of Handbags and Accessories, Elizabeth Bernstein, explains how to keep your Chanel bag in excellent condition.

Before using a Chanel bag for the first time, are there any steps one can take to keep it in excellent condition?
Never use product on your Chanel bag yourself. If your Chanel bag ever needs conditioning, take it to a Chanel boutique for servicing. Once you or a third party does work on a Chanel bag, it loses its quality and product integrity, and may lose most of its resale value as a result. Best to only let Chanel take care of Chanel!

What are some of the things to avoid when carrying your Chanel bag? 
I always say NEVER put pens in your bag. You can always borrow a pen from someone, but you cannot ever remove major pen stains from the inside of your bag. If you need one, keep it in a plastic container. Same with all liquids, or makeup. Keep anything that could damage the bag inside of a plastic bag, and then inside of a makeup pouch. I very often use a small shoe dust bag to house all of my pouches in, like cosmetics, cell phone case, etc. This way you also do not put dents on the inside of your bag.

How can one best protect their Chanel bag from the rain?
Don’t let it get wet! If you know it’s going to rain, keep a plastic bag inside your purse, to bag it if you have to run through the rain. If you don’t have one, stop at a store to ask for one, or cover it up with your coat. Don’t be shy! Chanel bags do not come with a raincoat like Hermès bags – so better safe than sorry!

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Straw bags- the new IT bags for the summer?

Straw Bags

Sure, Hermès has a bag named after Jane Birkin, but for much of the 70′s her bag of choice was a modest straw bag; a wicker basket, to be more precise. Here at PORTERO we are adoring the 70′s chic feel have less humble options with the same boho feel. Inspired by our recent mention on, we’ve complied a collection of straw bags to give you that same Jane Birkin boho feel for summer.

1. Rare Chanel Basket Case Crossbody Bag $4,680 (as seen on Philadelphia Magazine). Picture this: a sunny summer day, a flowy dress, wedges, and good company. This is the perfect bag for the most carefree woman.

2. Valentino Natural Straw with Floral Trim Tote Bag $1,200. The straw material is the perfect casual accessory for your weekend outings, but the leather trim makes it formal enough for the office. Besides, this tote is big enough for you to bring your laptop and a couple of books to work. Be sure to make your coworkers jealous because 1. it’s Valentino, and 2. the price is a steal!

3. Gucci Natural Straw with Gold Leather Positano Scarf Tote Bag $745. Doesn’t matter if you live on a big city far from the beach, sporting this tote bag will make you feel like you’re on the Amalfi Coast.

4. Hermès Limited Edition Picnic Garden Party Straw and Leather Tote Bag $14,999. We’re sure you have seen many straw bags, but we know you haven’t seen a straw bag quite like this one. This bag is for the woman who lives in a constant summer state of mind; a woman who enjoys the outdoors, and the finer things in life. Whether a walk on the beach, a picnic in the park, or a stroll down a quaint street on the French Riviera; this Hermès Garden Party is the perfect companion.

5. Chanel Straw Canvas Laptop Bag $3,180. Want to bring a little bit of the beach to the office? Then you need a Chanel straw bag that fits your laptop and other office essentials. This is a rare find, that will definitely give you a sunny disposition at the office.

Do you think straw bags will be this summer’s “It”  bag, or will it be the bucket bag?


Sophisticated and Revolutionary: Prada

Miuccia Prada, fashion designer and youngest grand-daughter of Prada’s founder Mario Prada, notably said, “What people sometimes interpret as quirky is my attempt to subvert the concept of luxury by introducing elements that are considered ordinary or commonplace…”

Over the last century, Prada has represented all that is sophisticated and revolutionary about Italian design.  Founded in 1913, Prada quickly obtained prestige amongst European aristocrats, and in 1919, the brand became the luxury supplier to the Italian Royal Family.

Prada’s history is filled with beautiful designs, family, and intelligent business decisions such as a long-lasting partnership with Patrizio Bertelli, and affiliation with several successful lines including: Fendi, Helmut Lang, Jil Sander, Church & Company, and Miu Miu.

Shop Portero’s Prada collection here.


Parisian Charm: Céline

Minimalist Parisian charm for the everyday woman reigns the chic brand, Céline.  Since its beginning in 1945 as a Paris-based children’s custom shoe shop, the Céline brand has transformed into one of the world’s most desired labels.

Design headed by Madame Céline until 1997, the brand has since been revived by multiple renowned designers including: Michael Kors, Roberto Menichetti, Ivana Omazic, and now, Phoebe Philo, whose designs continue to captivate on the runway, red carpet, and the streets.

Shop Portero’s Céline collection here.

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Spotlight on Louis Vuitton

Before the Wright Brothers were the first in flight and Karl Friedrich Benz engineered the first petrol automobile, travelers in horse-drawn carriages, boats, and trains longed to find durable yet stylish trunks to accompany them on their travels.  When 16-year-old Louis Vuitton began working with admired custom box-maker, Monsieur Maréchal, in 1837, his craft quickly obtained high-regards amongst Parisian travelers.

After 17-years of customizing boxes and trunks at Monsieur Maréchal’s Parisian atelier, Vuitton opened his own shop near the Place Vendome.  Today, the monogrammed “LV” and Damier collections continue to be some of the most coveted luxury handbags and luggage around the world.

Shop Portero’s Louis Vuitton collection: 

Featured Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM Brown Monogram Canvas Tote Bag:


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A Bright Start to the New Year

Out with the old and in with Pantone’s color of the year: Radiant Orchid! We’ve been inspired by the endless hues of this year’s enticing and confident color.  From Hermès to Nancy Gonzalez, you can spot 2014’s color in an array of gorgeous totes, shoulder bags, clutches, and jewelry at

Shop our inspired collection here:

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